ABOVE: For light exercise, try armwrestling on
the Santavenere Hotel's beachside terrace.
Fitness and recreation
Swimming. The Santavenere Hotel has a large outdoor pool
with an unusual design: The main area of the pool is surrounded by a shallower
pool that can be used for wading or soaking.
Nearby, steps and a zigzag footpath with railings lead down to a
beach, sun terrace, and restaurant-bar. (See photo above.)
Spa and Fitness Area. The hotel has a well-equipped spa
with a beauty parlor, treatment rooms, a Turkish bath, and a large indoor
Jacuzzi pool. Services range from athletic massages to electrolysis, so
bodybuilders can get their aches cured and the hair taken off their chests
without leaving the premises.
The fitness area has computerized aerobic machines and
multifunction weight-training equipment, with a trainer available to show how
everything works. Use of the fitness area, Turkish bath, and Jacuzzi is free to
hotel guests. (TIP: Even if you'd rather eat breakfast pastries than work out,
visit the spa to admire the faux Roman mosaic floor.)
Activities. Guests at the Santavenere can take free
courses in bicycling, kayaking, tennis, and diving. Extra-cost sports activities
include horseback riding, scuba diving, waterskiing, and hang gliding. (Some
courses are off the premises; ask the hotel receptionist for details.)
Excursions. The Santavenere Hotel and its sister hotels,
the Locanda delle Donne Monache and the Grand Hotel Pianeta Maratea, offer half-
and full-day excursions to nearby places of interest by bus and boat. See the
excursions section of
my Maratea article for more information on things to
see in the area (whether through the hotel or on your own).
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